49ers announce final 53-man roster after 2021 cuts
By Peter Panacy
49ers 53-man roster: Defense
Defensive Line: Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Arik Armstead, Samson Ebukam, Kevin Givens, Maurice Hurst, D.J. Jones, Zach Kerr, Arden Key, Kentavius Street, Javon Kinlaw
Linebacker: Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, Azeez Al-Shaair, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Marcell Harris
Cornerback: Jason Verrett, K’Waun Williams, Emmanuel Moseley, Davontae Harris, Ambry Thomas, Deommodore Lenoir,
Safety: Jimmie Ward, Talanoa Hufanga, Jaquiski Tartt, Tavon Wilson
The emergence of rookie Talanoa Hufanga, in tandem with Jaquiski Tartt coming off the physically unable-to-perform list, meant San Francisco had a stockpile of safeties at the end of the preseason, ultimately forcing some tough choices.
The big one being a former first-round draft pick, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, saw himself released despite recording an interception and lengthy return in the 49ers’ exhibition finale.
Marcell Harris’ switch from safety to linebacker turned out to be a wise move, and he certainly made his impact felt closer to the line of scrimmage during the preseason. And while he might not be the first-tier reserve option to support the starters, Jimmie Ward or Jaquiski Tartt, at least Harris’ prior experience at safety gives him versatility.
That’s a bonus.
Yet the bigger focus, of course, was the Niners defensive line, of which John Lynch reportedly fielded trades from other teams inquiring about available depth. And that depth performed remarkably well this preseason despite not having EDGEs Nick Bosa or Dee Ford on the field, as they look to rest and prepare for the regular season.
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What was perhaps even more interesting about this bunch was San Francisco keeping three nose tackles: D.J. Jones, Zach Kerr and Kevin Givens, all three of whom showcased their talents, too.
Yes, the 2021 49ers D-line is looking awfully 2019-like.